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Clos de Gat is situated in the foothills of the Judean Mountains, bordering Israel’s biblical Ayalon Valley, where Joshua defeated the Five Kings. In 1998 owner-winemaker Eyal Rotem who studied winemaking in Australia, began planting vines and building a winery on the land surrounding his house, thus turning a long-harbored dream into reality. An ancient “Gat” (Hebrew for wine press), pre-dating the Roman period by a thousand years, is located by the house set in the heart of the vineyards, which today cover an area of 19 hectares (47 acres). Powerful aromas of blackberries and candied plums, which are enhanced by notes of earthy Mediterranean plants and herbs. On the palate, the wine is rounded and full bodied with well-integrated tannins. The finish is long, complex and elegant. Traditional, the grapes are handpicked after rigorous sorting and crushing they are transferred to open fermentation tanks. After ageing for 14 months in 30% new French oak barrels and racked every 4-6 months, the final blend is bottled without filtering.